sábado, 30 de novembro de 2013

Cover from France: 60th anniversary of the Pierre Le Gloan's Air Combat

I received a few days ago a letter kindly sent by Pierre, French collector who collects stamps, envelopes and post cards on military aviation. Despite an interest in the topic - as I collect World War I and II - I had no idea of the immense diversity and beauty that has military aviation in philately... I'm finding a lot to visit Pierre's blog.
Below one of the nice postcards received:
60th anniversary of the
Pierre Le Gloan's Air Combat - Le Luc June 15, 2000
Le Gloan is the famous French flying ace who on 15 June 1940 Le Gloan with another pilot attacked twelve Italian Fiat CR.42 fighters. Le Gloan shot down three of Them while Cpt Assolent shot down another. While returning to the airfield Le Gloan shot down another CR.42 and the BR.20 bomber. For this outstanding achievement of destroying 5 aircraft in one flight he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Le Gloan had a very important role in several battles of World War II
Curiously the postcard has the stamp commemorating 100 years of the birth of Saint-Exupéry, the famous French writer, who was also active pilot during World War II and, like Le Gloan, unfortunately is among the thousands of casualties of this conflict.

Merci Pierre, je vais envoyer un retour bientôt!

quarta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2013

Cover from France: Le monastère de la Grande Chartreuse

Cover received from Fabienne, France. On the cover of the left stamp, issued in 1984, commemorating 1000 years of the Grande Chartreuse monastery, located in the French Alps. A magnificent building and full of history.
 Thank you Fabienne by beautiful stamps shipped within the cover!

quarta-feira, 13 de novembro de 2013

Cover from Austria: attention to the date of the postmark

This cover received from Austria, kindly sent by Florian.  

The larger stamp is a issue recently to celebrate 125 years of the Burgtheater Theatre, whose issued date is October 11, 2013 ... but the postmark registers October 10, 2013!!!!
Thanks Florian for the nice cover and beautiful stamps on saints.

terça-feira, 8 de outubro de 2013

FDCs from Russia: the Cyrillic alphabet creator

Nastasya always sends nice stamps and FDCs of Russia. This time she sent excellent FDCs about Christianity. The first image is the FDC on St. St. Cyril and Methodius, two brothers born in Thessaloniki (Greece today) in the IX century. Both are very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe. Methodius was bishop of the Moravia while Cyril played an important role in the expansion of Christianity in Eastern Europe in the ninth century and created the Cyrillic alphabet.

The second FDC shows the celebration of 1150 years of the Christianization of Russia.
Very nice!! Thank you Nastasya !!!!

sábado, 21 de setembro de 2013

Postcard from Croatia: Pope John Paul II

Postcard sent by Dragan from Croatia.
This type of postcard sent by mail from many countries already have the value of postage printed and can be aggregated stamps to complement the fare. It is the only type of postcard accepted in collections thematic for competitions philatelic official.
Thanks Dragan.

terça-feira, 17 de setembro de 2013

Cover from Canada: FDC US Navy Day 1945

A few days ago I received a letter from Laura, Canada with some nice FDCs from U.S....
One is the FDC about Navy Day, 27 October 1945 in New York Harbor. It was a big celebration shortly after the end of World War II.
On that day President Truman paid tribute to four million men and women in the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard ships and that led to victory in World War II.

I found the text of the speech at the site of the University of Virginia. It's a history lesson and also a record of the concern to maintain freedom and peace in the world.

Thank you Laura!

sábado, 7 de setembro de 2013

Cover from France: Camembert and foie gras

I received the last few days the first letter of France since I started this blog.
The cover brings two stamps with two famous icons of French gastronomy, famous around the world: camembert and foie gras. Upon receiving the letter recalled a controversy that arose in the city of São Paulo a few days ago. There is a draft law to ban the production and sale of foie gras in the city ... still do not know the outcome, but many admirers of dish might have to consume it at home or in restaurants in other cities.

Fabienne Thanks for the letter and the great stamps on saints.

quarta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2013

Cover from Canada: World War II

Cover received from Canada with FDCs, kindly sent by Laura.

 A series of FDCs on World War II was issued during 90s and recalls various times of conflict. It is an excellent set for the theme.
 Thank you, Laura!

domingo, 11 de agosto de 2013

Cover from Russia: Sochi 2014

Another cover received from Russia.
This time a personalized envelope, but unfortunately it seems that some seals were torn from the cover. We apologize for the incident path, or subtraction occurred ... I prefer to think it was an incident. To compensate, I show one of the nice stamps sent by Nastasya. This issue is devoted to the XI Winter Paralympics Games that will happen in  Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia in 2014. This will be the first time Russia has hosted the Paralympics and will be the début of Para-snowboarding at the Winter Paralympics. 
Snowflake and Ray of Light (Snezhinka and Luchik)
Thank you Nastasya.

sábado, 10 de agosto de 2013

FDC from Russia: Constantin Stanislavski

Very cool Russian FDC received  from Nastasya. 

The FDC issued in 2013 on Constantin Stanislavski (Moscow, January 5, 1863 - Moscow, August 7, 1938), a famous actor and theater director, educator and Russian writer. I had never heard about it so I did a quick search. He popularized the theater in Russia and created a teaching method for actors, known as Stanislavski's system. This system is so important in dramatic art that influenced some important cinema schools the U.S.. So many movies you have seen, may have been played by actors followers or influenced by Stanislavski.
Thank you Nastasya

Cover from Spain: Saints

A very cool cover received from Fabienne, Spain.

Inside the cover the mint stamp set, recently issued by the Spain Post, on three religious figures: Saint Telmo (1190-1246), Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663) and Friar Rosendo Salvado y Rotea (1814-1900).
Stamps are very nice and one about St. Joseph of Cupertino is very interesting for the effect of clouds on the sacred image. To learn more about this issue, see Correos de España site. 
Merci, Fabienne.

segunda-feira, 22 de julho de 2013

Cover from Germany: 100th Birthday of Konrad Zuse - computer pioneer

Letter sent by Sarah from Germany

The Sarah's covers always bring fantastics stamps. Inside always a pleasant surprise with a large FDC with postcard, full of history. 

This time an issue on 100th Birthday of Konrad Zuse, a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. Konrad Zuse created the computer called Z3 in 1941, which was the first machine with electromechanical memory and processing with a first calculation program using the operating system binary bits 0 and 1.

Zose in 1950 founded his own company, Zuse KG. In 1958 he created the Z22 that was hi the first computer designed with transistors.

Thank you Sarah!! Are great pieces for my stmap collection on computers.

Learn more about the Zose's history in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse

quinta-feira, 18 de julho de 2013

Cover from Spain: El Rocio

Cover received from Fabienne, Spain.
I highlight the fourth stamp, from left to right, celebrating the Marian Jubilee Year of the Virgen del Rocío in the town of Almonte (Huelva province). It is a recent issue that portrays the image of the Virgen del Rocio (Virgin of Rocio) and the Hermitage of El Rocío, which has the second reconstruction of the original building erected in the thirteenth century and destroyed in the earthquake of Lisbon in 1755.
The Virgen of Rocio is very popular in Spain and Latin America. The first name Maria do Rocio is very frequent among women in Brazil, as well as Maria del Rocio in Spanish-speaking countries.
Fabienne, thank you for this great stamps and cover.

segunda-feira, 8 de julho de 2013

quinta-feira, 4 de julho de 2013

Cover from Spain: Columbus

A fantastic cover from Spain highlighting the Colombus stamps.
The first stamp from left depicts the three caravels of Columbus' voyage and La Rabida monastery that played an important role in preparing of the journey. The second stamp shows the boarding at the port of Palos in 1492.
Fabienne, merci pour les mini-feuilles Colombo!!!!

domingo, 16 de junho de 2013

Cover from Canada: The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment

A very cool cover received from Canada!

Highlighting for stamp The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment. A recent issue of the Canada Post. The regiment was formed in January 1863, took part in the Boer War in 1899, First World War, Second World War and afterwards the members served the volunteers in a number of conflicts, including Korea, and in various peacekeeping missions and, most recently, Afghanistan .
Monica, thank you for minisheet!

terça-feira, 4 de junho de 2013

FDC from Germany: European Championship for Thematic Philately Essen 2013

Most of the FDC I got from Igor, Germany. It is the European Championship for Thematic Philately, held in Essen, 2-4 May 2013. The stamps are also great! Thanks a lot to the master of postmarks!

sábado, 1 de junho de 2013

FDC from Germany: environmentally friendly electric car

A nice surprise in my mailbox. Igor (master of postmarks) sent me a FDC on environmentally friendly electric car ... it seems an innovation high tech but it is not. 
This is the stamp and postmark on the vehicle produced in 1908 in Bremen, Germany for distribution of postal letters. So many of those stamps known as Deutsch Reich may have been carried by these magnificent vehicles. This FDC already takes place in my thematic collection on energy.
I thank Igor twice for kindly resend the minisheet and FDC that were damaged by rain.

sexta-feira, 24 de maio de 2013

Cover from Canada: Photo

I received a very nice letter from Monica. A single stamp on the envelope called my attention ... I have been searching.

This is a recent issue of Canada on an artist Arnaud Maggs, Canadian photographer died in late 2012, who portrayed Yousuf Karsh, another Canadian photographer of Armenian origin who made famous portraits of historical personages that you have probably seen: Einstein, Alberto Giacometti, Frank Lloyd Wright, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart , Mother Teresa, Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill and Eisenhower. This work belongs to the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and features very early work of Maggs: portraits in black and white shot from the front, side and back.
Gracias Monica!

sexta-feira, 17 de maio de 2013

Stanley Gibbons debut in Brazil

While interest rates remain at low levels (considering the Brazilian standard rates), the stock market continues to follow the guidelines of bearish worldwide crisis the big Brazilian investors have sought allocations in their portfolios to ensure higher earnings as gold, real estate, art works, antiques, but now may invest in stamps!
The Stanley Gibbons has opened an office in Brazil a few days ago and is already having meetings with potential investors in major Brazilian cities.

domingo, 12 de maio de 2013

Brazilian best stamps not issued and not circulated in 2012

In 2012 I read on the website of the Brazilian post offices that would be issued beautiful stamps on the passage of the Olympic and Paralympic flags of the British for the Brazilians. These are a pair of "Se-tenant" each composed of 3 stamps: one on the Olympic flag and another on the Paralympic. During months when I visited post offices, including the philatelic  post office, I not found such stamps. The Post online shop , which makes online sales also never provided these stamps... Actually nobody knows about these stamps and all philatelists I know also do not know and never saw them. Neither dealer has them. These seals are not on the official list of stamps issued in 2012, but interestingly, the post office is disclosing voting for best stamp issued in 2012 and such stamps are competing! ... so if you receive a letter with these stamps mint or find them: keep them, even if they do not have much value it is an interesting curiosity for your collection.

sábado, 11 de maio de 2013

Cover from Spain: Chito...You know this sport?

I received a letter from Fabienne. The object of this letter was an exchange of mint stamps of one of the themes that I collect (saints). But as always the covers come full of history... 
I could talk about the two stamps on art: Renaissance sculptor Alonso Berruguete (1488 - 1561) or realist painter Antonio López Torres (1902-1987), but I chose to comment on the seal about a little-known sport in the world: Chito (also known as: Tanga or Tuta) ... I did not know until you see this stamp. But to see it automatically reminded of two popular sports in southern and southeastern of Brazil: Bocha and MalhaBocha is a game with balls brought by Italian immigrants  (Gioco delle Bocce), although it is also popular in France (Boules). I grew up watching games of bocce.

But Malhabrought by Portuguese immigrants,  it is practiced with the launch of metal disks toward a pin which is a few meters away. Malha is most similar to the Chito game: is to launch a drive against un cylinder (wood engraving called chito or tanga) at a distance of 22 meters on top del chito is placed a coin. Researchers about the sport say that Malha game has French and Italian origin. Malha is also very similar to Fito or Chinquilho who plays in Portugal that instead of disks uses horseshoes. Unfortunately games like these are becoming less popular in the world, as they lose space for sports like football, increasinglymassified industry and media ... I like football, but there are so many sports like these are simple, do not require large expenditures and develop various physical skills for youth and elders.

Wow! All this reflection thanks to a stamp!!
Thank you Fabienne!

domingo, 28 de abril de 2013

Andorra: a big surprise!

Fabienne kindly sent me this nice cover. It's my first letter from Andorra by Spanish postal service mail (also has a french).

Merci Fabienne!

Nice cover from Portugal - Portuguese delicacies

A very nice cover received from Portugal. This cover there are two stamps on food typical Portuguese ... One of them, the paio is widespread in Brazil and much appreciated. It's a good idea to disclose culinary gems in stamps. Who has not tasted paio and other Portuguese delicacies and have the opportunity to taste will not regret.
 Friend Luis sent many stamps and a special cover on the Pope's visit to Portugal in 2010. Muito obrigado!

sexta-feira, 12 de abril de 2013

Cover and FDC from Mexico: Very nice!

Correspondence received from Mexico. A cover with stamps on Mexican folk art and an issue on the environment in the world.
Highlighted on a recent FDC on the Mexican Petroleum Congress. The commercial production of oil began in 1901 and today the country one of the great oil producers in the world. The stamps are nice, large and well defined colors. Very nice!

Thank you Monica.

domingo, 7 de abril de 2013

Directions of Philately - Part 2

Directions of Philately - Part 2

Currently I believe that new generations of philatelists in countries with philately tradition and especially in countries like Brazil, China, Russia, India and many in Latin America are more conscious about philately and start your own collections for their own convictions, less influenced by industry. The Internet has boosted the barter and ecommerce without intermediaries, and therefore there can be greater longevity of their collections without illusions of millionaires profits. Many people acquire without intentions of profiting. But caution is needed in ecommerce because there may be abuse and fraud when it comes to items of greater value. 

As for the collection types, the classical still persist and many contemporary collectors organize their collections by countries or periods. The thematic collections gain followers every day because they are, as the chosen theme, more affordable.

I myself am a fan of thematic collections, but a collection type may still exist: I do not know how to sort and do not know has already been classified but I thought about it when I read Helen's Blog "I Heart Post" and after Stamp Magazine Blog by Adrian Keppel: organize a stamp collection according with the design, whatever the country of origin, year or themes, in which the collector only cares if the stamps were designed in the style pop art, medieval, industrial design, computer design, childhood drawing, art of the Cold War, art Nouveau, etc..

A question about the future of philately is also the catalogs. With the advent of computers and the internet is easier for the collector follow emissions of most countries. Although the published catalogs are excellent, few collectors are willing or can purchase them. For new generations of collectors perhaps the next step is to create wiki stamp catalog. Something perfectly viable and realizable which would involve the collaboration of thousands of collectors in the world, although a wiki project today has limitations regarding the assignment of the value to each stamp. But perhaps the chance to register the true fair value between supply and demand. Only time will tell. One thing is certain: while there is philately, will always be necessary specialists  and researchers.

sexta-feira, 5 de abril de 2013

Directions of Philately - Part 1

Recently I read a very interesting post on Apfelbaum's Corner-John Apfelbaum's Blog on Philately. I made a comment that this motivated a post on my blog. I made a comment on this post, but reflecting a bit more on the subject I decided to publish a post on my blog.

Directions of Philately - Part 1

Philately is is going through  a transformation in all countries. The traditional philatelic commerce reached its height many years ago and has being reduced to a few retailers. Of course this situation may have eliminated many serious experts in the market, but a small market may hinder the entry of unscrupulous dealers. The traditional philatelic commerce is still a reference for many veterans and novice collectors, because there is no substitute for personal service and experience.  

I believe there are relatively fewer collectors in the countries of traditional philately (which had its boom in the early 1900s). In the past emerged a large number of collectors who were influenced by the propitious moment to be mass pastime: globalization, urbanization, literacy, free time that industrial society allowed for the people ... added to this, traders invested in advertising, and developed catalogs, publications and a variety of accessories. At this time the hobby hit the middle class, philatelic clubs and associations flourished in thousands of cities around the world.

Many governments recognized the need for increase the supply of stamps, not only to meet the large volume of correspondence resulting from economic and population growth, but also to meet the growing sophistication of philately, ordinary emissions began to share space with commemorative sets.

At this time philately was young and growing rapidly, allowing many opportunities for gains but also of abuse. The new collectors often were led to believe that their little collections could become great fortunes over the course of decades or find a treasure in the basement. Maybe they had some really valuable things in the basement, but not everyone really got high gains.

The philatelic industry profits were enormous, dealers and governments were successful. The problem is that the hobby, although grow, gaining new followers, was not continued by the majority, who left after a few years and when they tried to sell their collections received the news that was worth a few bucks. There has been much disappointment combined with the emergence of thousands of substitutes hobbies. Many collectors who really like and understand what is philately, persisted until the end of life or are still active.

To be continued ...

quarta-feira, 3 de abril de 2013

Cover from Spain

I received another nice cover full of history from Spain derived from an exchange I did with Fabienne.
The cover is really cool stamps 4 stamps:
XXII centenary of Oviedo 
The stamp portrays Alfonso II, founder of the city of Oviedo, whose first populated nucleus was started with a community of Benedictine monks. Alfonso II built two famous churches: San Tirso and San Julián de los Prados, the latter World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 2nd December 1998.
Envangelist St. Matthew
Work of painter Eduardo Rosales
The Episcopal Palace of Astorga
Building designed by Antoni Gaudí, the Catalan modernism style.
Kingdom of Granada
Commemoration of independent kingdom that emerged in Muslim al-Andalus in 1013.

Merci Fabienne.

segunda-feira, 1 de abril de 2013

FDC from Russia: Cossaks, WW2 and Gagarin

I received a large Russian FDC from Nastasya ... about the Cossacks...

For centuries the Cossacks are notable for bravery and military capabilities (excellent in cavalry), and a great capacity for self-sufficiency. Even Napoleon recognized the superiority of Cossack cavalry. The Cossacks also have an important role in the battles of World War II. A Cossack detachment of the 4th Guards Corps marched in Red Square During the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.

I liked much of the Cossacks FDC ... I just waited for the stamp on the Winter Olympics, but to open it I got a pleasant surprise: there were 3 more beautiful FDCs and stamp awaited, of course.

Commemoration of 65 years of the victory of the USSR in World War II

The two FDCs bring 4 tanks which are some of the arms of Victory. The cover features a very popular picture that symbolizes the victory over Nazism: the Soviet soldier hoisting the Soviet flag over the Reichstag building in Berlin.

FDC 50th anniversary of the conquest of space

The other FDC commemorates the 50th anniversary of the conquest of space by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
FDCs are two great because besides the topics interested me, they have a nostalgic design.
Thank you Nastasya. Very nice!

sexta-feira, 29 de março de 2013

Cover from USA: Apollo-Soyuz science and friendship

I received this letter from Mik, with stamps and minisheets very beautiful. 

But I would like to highlight the two stamps on the Apollo-Soyuz space mission conducted in 1975 by the U.S. and USSR with 2 astronauts Tom Stafford, Vance Brand and Donald Slayton and 2 cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov. The spacecraft took off on July 15, 1975 and is coupled in space on July 17, 1975. Apollo 18 returned on July 24, 1975 Soyuz and returned July 21.
This was the last Apollo mission but it was very important. The mission conducted scientific experiments and crews visited the two linked spacecraft, exchanging gifts and seeds.
Thanks Mik for all these stamps and many histories.